Laser skin resurfacing procedures are performed with a precision laser tool that targets specific cell types within the different layers of the skin. The procedure can help visually remove wrinkles, sun damage, birthmarks, spider veins, and acne pits. If you’re looking to improve the look of your skin, laser skin resurfacing may just be the solution.
Non-Surgical Skin Rejuvenation
Laser skin resurfacing is sometimes referred to as laser surgery but the truth is that it’s not surgery at all. That’s one great benefit of laser resurfacing over other facial rejuvenation procedures like facelift, eyelid surgery, and brow lift. While you may still need some type of anesthesia and there will be a recovery period afterward, there are no cuts or incisions being made to the skin. That’s a great advantage for anyone scared or hesitant of surgery.
While perfect skin may only be achievable with Photoshop, glowing skin is an attainable goal with laser skin resurfacing. This procedure can dramatically improve a dull appearance of the skin and restore that youthful glow you once had. It can enhance the skin’s texture while also improving fine lines, dark spots and other pigment problems. Dr. Edward Buckingham is committed to providing his patients with an enhanced appearance that allows them to once again feel comfortable in their own skin.
Laser skin resurfacing is generally considered to be one of the most effective ways to diminish the signs of aging for the long term. While injectable fillers and Botox are great options for quickly improving a variety of facial wrinkles, their effect does wear off and repeat injections are needed in order to maintain the results. The results of laser skin resurfacing will last significantly longer; we’re talking years, not months. Of course, the skin will continue to age along with the rest of you, but you’ll look a lot younger longer than if you hadn’t had the resurfacing procedure at all. For optimal results, multiple sessions may be needed.
Understanding the Risks and the Recovery
Since laser skin resurfacing is not technically surgery, many patients assume that there are no risks and no recovery. As with most cosmetic procedures, there are potential risks and, though generally rare, these may include burns, scarring, changes in skin pigmentation which may include darkening or lightening of the skin, cold sore reactivation, and bacterial infection. There are a variety of lasers available for use with laser skin resurfacing, and a qualified doctor will help to determine the best laser treatment for the individual patient. Some lasers may involve a lengthy recovery. Dr. Buckingham uses the Whisper-3G Erbium laser which may produce some temporary redness and flaking of the skin, but otherwise patients can immediately return to their normal activities.
If you are interested in learning more about laser skin resurfacing procedures, you can schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Buckingham. You can contact the office at 512-401-2500.